Local jiu-jitsu aces impress

The kids' team consisted of coach Eva Clarke, Caden, Cooper, Jacqui, Daniel, Connor, Max, Harley and coach Scott Clarke.

Stefan Bradley

FRONTLINE Australia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Fitness Academy competed in the Victorian state titles on the weekend of May 28-29 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, with the Sale-based academy bringing to the fold a total of 14 competitors.

Saturday was the Adults Gi event, and Sunday had two events with the Kids Gi and Adults No Gi.

This year, five kids competed, and all won a medal.

The team was coached by Scott and Eva Clarke.

Mrs Clarke said that in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, their philosophy is: you either win or you learn.

“We had a successful tournament and will be getting the team ready for the nationals on August 20-21 2022. Although we had several victories, we had a few losses,” she said.

“The losses allow us to work on our deficiencies and improve our game. All our competitors fought hard – we had athletes win by submissions and points.”

Mrs Clarke said it was the first time the kids at the academy competed.

“Six weeks leading up to it, we train, but also replicate what was going to happen in the competition,” she said.

“It’s a great feeling for the kids, seeing all the hard work had paid off. If they don’t win, they learn how to win the next one, but all the kids won a medal.”

Mrs Clarke said that after the event, the competitors have been coming to the academy to observe, train at a lower intensity, or take time off.

“Everyone still engages, but you need to give your body a break, it’s pretty ferocious,” she said.

Medals = 13. Gold x 1, Silver x 4, Bronze x 8. Competitors Total =14.

Blue belt category 100kg +

Gold in Gi, Silver No Gi: Patrick Klisiewicz

White belt category

Juvenile Silver: Max Glover-Hill

U12 Silver: Connor Richardson

U7 Bronze: Caden Richardson

U12 Bronze: Cooper Richardson

Teenage girls U13 Bronze Gi: Jacqui Neilan

U12 Gi Bronze: Daniel Neilan

Adult 67kg Bronze No Gi: Bart Butcher

Masters 100kg + Silver Gi, Bronze No Gi: Matthew Jones

Adult Ladies Silver Gi: Kelly Van Brummelen, Absolute Weight Bronze

Tim Lyndon

Samuel Cooper

Lauchlan Sloan

Andrew Pritchett

Matthew Jones won silver in the Masters 100kg plus Gi and bronze in the No Gi.

Frontline Australia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Fitness Academy members competed at the Victorian state titles recently. Photos: Contributed

Coach Eva, Connor Silver U12, Caden Bronze U7, Cooper Bronze U11, Coach Scott

Max Glover-Hill claimed silver in the Under-72kg juvenile event.

Caden Richardson won bronze in the Under-7 event. He is pictured with coach Eva Clarke.

Bart Butcher won bronze in the adult 67kg No Gi.

Patrick Klisiewicz (right) won gold in the blue belt division.

Coach Eva and Kelly Van Brummelen after Kelly won silver in the Ladies Open.

Patrick Klisiewicz celebrating victory